There are many tasks during a move that are going to seem impossible to perform. But, by far, the most time consuming one is packing. People dread packing even when it comes to going on vacations, imagine packing an entire house or a flat. It sounds like a nightmare. And we won’t sugar coat things – it actually is. So what should you do? Give up? Of course not! We got you covered! We will teach you all you need to know about packing like a professional.
The best option would, of course, be to hire professionals. And if you do decide to do that, you can read more about it in this article. But, that is not always an option. Besides, isn’t it better to learn do things yourself? You never know how many times are you going to have to move. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Now, let’s what is it that you need to know in order to pack like a professional.
1.First things first: set up a packing station
When you do start packing you don’t want to be running around not being able to find your supplies. They should all be stored, as neatly as possible at the packing station. As soon as you pack a box bring it there. Tape it, measure it, label it. Send it on its way. You shouldn’t store boxes or food, or documents or anything else, besides packing materials, over there. This will help you organize and keep track of everything. Keep your packing station close to the exit, and make sure there is enough space to move around. Packing like a professional has never been this easy.
2. In order to pack like a professional, you need good packing materials
There is no job getting done if you don’t have the right tools. This is what makes a difference between amateurs and professionals. That is why this is very important if you want to pack like a professional. Don’t save money on this and don’t use handouts. You want to protect your belongings and to get them safely to your destination. Not everything can be packed the same way. That is why variety is as important as quality. So, what is that you need in t end. Look at this list:
- Packing paper or old newspapers
- Packing tape, in various size
- Knife or a scalpel (be careful with this one!)
- Bubble wrap
- Scissors and some rope
- Markers in various colors
- Labels and stickers for the boxes
- Notebooks, pen, and pencil
- Camera (to snap pictures of wiring and electronics)
3. Don’t forget to pack your belongings with patience and care
All the wrapping paper in the world won’t save you if you didn’t do a good job. Don’t do this in a hurry and with no patience. There are many things that can get broken during a move. If you don’t invest time into packing it delicately, you will need to buy more things. So, you will waste no time and no money. That is why you should use your packing materials to the fullest. Take special care with fragile things and electronics. If you are not sure how you should handle them, you can get some useful advice in this article. It is better to be safe than sorry.
4. Rules are not meant for breaking if you are interested in packing like a professional
Packing can be time consuming and boring as hell. But. if you don’t invest enough time or energy, you will be in big trouble. When it comes to packing boxes, there are strict rules in play. The box needs to be padded and every side should be protected with extra tape. Heavy items go to the bottom, lighter ones at the top. You should use wrapping paper and foam. You should never put fragile items at the bottom. A box should never go over 50 lbs because you are in the risk of it breaking. Packing like a professional requires you to follow all of this rules. It’s for your own benefit. You can thank us later.
5. Make an inventory before and after packing
During relocation, many things get lost. There is no explanation how this actually happens, but it does. That is why it is important to keep an inventory list. People think that this is important only when there is a moving company involved. In case that something goes missing, you have a paper trail. But, you need to do this for yourself as well. It will help you keep a better track of your belongings. Make sure that the list is in sync with the boxes and you won’t have any problems. When you get to your new home you will be able to keep track of your thing very efficiently.
6. Pack your home one room at a time
Packing like a professional means using their vast experience. Put their advice to good use and organize your packing this way. Going room by room helps you keep track of things. It enables you to have a more structured packing event, which makes unpacking that much easier. Color code the boxes, so the next stage of your move will be a piece of cake.
It is not always easy to handle all of this stress and a vast amount of work. But, who knows your things better than yourself? If you do it all yourself you can toss some things you don’t need anymore, and ease your load. You can also see what is it that you are lacking, and make a shopping list as you go. Packing like a professional means having all the skills and the inside knowledge. No company will be able to provide you with this. You will save money and learn a new skill. Good luck with this adventure!